It’s Empty

April 8, 2020

It’s Empty

The tomb is empty

The economy is empty; the streets are empty; bus stations are empty; railways are empty; airports are empty; malls are empty; schools are empty; the world is empty

Hearts of people are empty; gods are empty; rituals are empty; way of life is empty; charity is empty; communication is empty; everything is empty; it is total shunya; emptiness all.

“As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods;

They kill us for their sport”. Shakespeare’s King Lear

Reasons reasoned out; motives attributed; hypotheses framed; conclusions drawn; accusations levelled; economies ruined; life miserable

Is it another deluge like Noah’s? A plague like of old? Ravaging fire of London? Bushfire of Australia?

Why is this corona and whose is this corona?

Is it to put us in place (I may sound ridiculous)?

Remedies galore from the ancient times to the ultramodern.

Ultimately this corona has succeeded in one truth-it made us awake; it ripped us apart to show to the world what we are.


By Dr A Lourdusamy
Dr A Lourdusamy is academic advisor at Milagres College.
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Comment on this article

  • Prashantha Naik, Konaje

    Tue, Apr 21 2020

    A wonderful, meaningful and humorous poem.

  • Archie and Nancy Menezes, Falnir, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 13 2020

    Very good article Professor, very apt for the time we are in.

  • John, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 13 2020

    God has allowed this communist corona virus to learn about communism, no God, no freedom, food control to everything under control. Most of us following God for the namesake and not with real love. This is a time to reflect and come back to Him and make use of the time given in prayers for self, family, country and the world to avoid dragging of the situation, lockdown or to become worse.

    It should be plainly understood no prayers no protection from God, so to add daily at least one hour prayers in one's lifestyle also some prayers along with the family to avoid this emptiness getting prolonged.

  • francis lobo, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 11 2020

    The Coronavirus has made everyone humble. The nations and conquerors who wanted to conquer or war on others have been silent, they are waring within themselves. The dissenters who wanted to ban other countries for their technological development have felt the need of them for survival. The autocrats who thought they can rule their country have found the need for others for support to survive. The capitalist who found that their money has gone in thin air and does not have value. The heroes and heroines who acted in films and showed their heroics are locked down in their houses. People who never looked at their neighbour started sharing their food with them. The religious who thought their religion is superior to others are searching for a godly reason to explain the deluge of the virus- it has not left any religion or religious people.

    There is no difference between the beauty and the beast, everyone is the same in the dark confines. Death or survival has been the ultimate reprieve everything other than this has lost its significance.

    Hope this humbleness becomes a day to day way of life and duty and not a temporary passover

    Hope this

  • Canute Pradeep Prakash Mathias, Mudarangadi /Dubai

    Fri, Apr 10 2020

    Very Good Eye opening article.

  • Ronald, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 10 2020

    The questions in this article are timely answered by an aricle by Sr. Dr. Judith! A few sensible solutions too are on offer. Nature does go impartially into correction mode, it doesn't know the collateral damage the word coined by mankind!!

  • ad, mangaluru

    Fri, Apr 10 2020

    Humans are nothing. Wealth is nothing. Health is everything. Reflect the emptiness. Humbling experience for humanity.

  • Peter, Mangalore/Dubai

    Thu, Apr 09 2020

    "Ultimately this corona has succeeded in one truth-it made us awake; it ripped us apart to show to the world what we are."

  • geoffrey, hat hill

    Thu, Apr 09 2020

    One explanation elucidates it precisely
    Be it heavenly bliss or infernal misery
    It's the choice that we make consciously or unconsciously
    Entangled with cause n effect, known as karma popularly.

  • Fr Anil, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 09 2020

    Wow...very inspiring...
    Thank you sir

  • Ponnanna changanda, Manglore

    Wed, Apr 08 2020

    Excellent article sir...God bless you.

  • Ivan Saldanha-Shet, Mangalore. Rosario.

    Wed, Apr 08 2020

    Sir, Well done - food for thought and practice to give much needed solace in trying times of emptiness.
    Let all the earth be filled with new energy that is more meaningful and pleasing to the almighty.
    Thank You.

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